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Bacheler - The Bachelar's Delight / Paul O'Dette


Release Date: 09/12/2006 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907389   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dowland’s great rival rises again thanks to an eloquent champion

The music of Daniel Bacheler will probably be unfamiliar to most listeners but Paul O’Dette hopes to change all that with this, the first disc devoted entirely to Bacheler’s works. Given the outstanding quality of both the music and the performances, he can’t help but succeed.

Bacheler (1572-1619) was and is reckoned one of the finest lutenists of the Elizabethan age, easily on a par with his great contemporary John Dowland. In the service of, successively, Sir Francis Walsingham, the Earl of Essex and Queen Anne, Bacheler was a child prodigy who quickly rose to become one of the highest paid lutenists in the land, receiving an annual salary
Read more of £160 (compared with the more usual £20-£40).

Bacheler’s music seems typical Elizabethan fare, comprising dances like the Pavan, Galliard and Almaine and sets of variations on popular tunes; but the rich, close-voiced harmonies and highly virtuoso elaborations (including a dramatic use of arpeggios) soon disabuse you of any misapprehensions – let the variations on La jeune fillette (which seem half their seven-odd minutes in length) or Monsieur’s Almaine with its astonishing final tremolo variation stand as witnesses. But this is not to say Bacheler’s music lacks depth: his solitary Fantasie, which makes use of the darker-hued 10-course lute, combines profundity of thought with more restrained decorative excursions.

O’Dette’s rhythmic pointing and beautifully shaped embellishments, underscored by subtle changes in colour and unfailingly clean execution, enliven both melody and harmony throughout to exquisite effect. Bacheler would be hard pressed to find a finer champion.

– William Yeoman, Gramophone [11/2006]


The composer/lutenist Daniel Bacheler (1572-1619) was very well known in his day and has remained highly regarded by lutenists ever since. His works have been included on many CD and LP compilations over the years, but this is the first time there has been a recital devoted exclusively to him. In this program titled "The Bachelar's Delight" lutenist Paul O'Dette performs 26 selections (just over half of Bacheler's extant lute oeuvre) that attest to this longstanding admiration. The level of skill required to negotiate many of the often complex passages clearly indicates Bacheler was technically on par with any of his peers; though due largely to his unconventional fascination – if not obsession – with French performance practice, his originality and invention far exceeds the norm.

Take for instance Mounsieurs Almaine, one of Bacheler's most famous works (previously recorded by O'Dette for Nonesuch on a program titled Robin is to the Greenwood Gone), the piece that sparked O'Dette's interest in the lute when he heard Julian Bream's recording of it 35 years ago. It begins unassumingly enough – thematically simple and tunefully charming, typical of Elizabethan fare; though after a couple of minutes Bacheler begins ornamenting the structure of the piece with widely diverse and at times quite disparate variations on the theme. O'Dette's performance is stunning, and while the timing here is within only seconds of his earlier effort, his articulation is noticeably more stylish and spontaneous.

Other highlights include Bacheler's single Fantasia, with its varied palette of lower string sonorities contrasted with often dazzling virtuoso passages in the higher registers. Equally enjoyable is one of Bacheler's most popular pieces, A Gallyard (subtitled "To Plead my faith"), with its playful melody and humorous ornaments. Bacheler's highly imaginative arrangement and variations on the famous French song "La Jeune Fillette" impress as well.

Harmonia Mundi's sonics are audiophile quality, with remarkably natural presence, clarity, and detail. Presentation is also exemplary, and O'Dette's notes are informative and often very entertaining. All concerned should be commended for offering what certainly is one of the most consistently rewarding, enjoyable lute recitals in years. Highest recommendation.

– John Greene, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Daniells Jigge by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2.
Galliard by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
3.
Mounsiers Almaine, Op. 40a by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1610; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
4.
Galliard "To plead my faith" by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5.
Volta by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
Pavan no 2 by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7.
Galliard no 23 by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
8.
Galliard no 21 by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
9.
Pavane no 10 by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
10.
En me revenant by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
11.
A Pavin by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
12.
Galliard no 32 by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
13.
Fin de Galliard by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
14.
Prelude no 47 by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
15.
Fantasie by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
16.
La jeune fillette by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 7 Minutes 12 Secs. 
17.
Pavane no 13 by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
18.
Galliard no 13 by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
19.
Pavan no 6 by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
20.
A Galliard (upon a galliard by John Dowland) by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
21.
Almaine by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
22.
Courante no 36 by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
23.
Courante no 37 by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
24.
Prelude no 48 by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
25.
Pavan by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Venue:  Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Quebec 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 

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